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1944: Airborne invasion of Holland begins
British, American and Polish troops descend behind enemy lines in a massive operation designed to bring a swift end to the war.

1970: Civil war breaks out in Jordan
King Hussein's army and Palestinian guerrillas engage in fierce fighting in major towns all over Jordan.

1982: Refugees massacred in Beirut camps
More than 1,000 people are feared to have been killed during a 24-hour rampage by Lebanese militia in West Beirut.

1993: Shock as racist wins council seat
The British National Party wins its first council seat in a by-election in East London, provoking fear in the local Asian community.

1956: World water speed record smashed
A 48-year-old solicitor from Manchester breaks the one-hour world water speed record in his motorboat, Miss Windermere III.

2001: Workers return to Wall Street
New Yorkers return to work six days after the terror attacks which devastated the heart of their city.


Around this Day

14 September
Top Story: 1985: USSR expels 25 in tit-for-tat spy row

15 September
Top Story: 1940: Victory for RAF in Battle of Britain

16 September
Top Story: 1986: Kinross Miners 'killed where they stood'

18 September
Top Story: 1961: UN Secretary General killed in air crash

19 September
Top Story: 1985: Mexico suffers devastating earthquake

20 September
Top Story: 1984: US embassy blast kills 20


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